Acknowledgements, Agreements, Disclosures and Informed Consent
I understand that medical marijuana is a medicine used in treating the suffering caused by serious and debilitating medical conditions. Serious and debilitating medical conditions include: Cancer, Glaucoma, HIV/AIDS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, PTSD, Crohn's Disease, Alzheimer's Disease, Nail Patella Syndrome, Cachexia or Wasting Syndrome, Severe and Chronic Pain, Severe Nausea, Seizures including those characteristic of Epilepsy, Severe and Persistent Muscle Spasms including those characteristic of Multiple Sclerosis, or any other medical condition or treatment for a medical condition adopted by the department by rule. I have been advised that the use of medical marijuana may affect my coordination, motor skills and cognition in ways that could impair my ability to drive and agree not to operate heavy machinery, drive or engage in potentially hazardous activities.I understand that side effects may occur while I am taking medical marijuana. Side effects of medical marijuana can include but are not limited to: Euphoria, difficulty in completing complex tasks, low blood pressure, sedation, dysphoria, alterations in the perception of time and space, dizziness, anxiety, confusion, impairment to short term memory, inability to concentrate, suppression of the body's immune system, increased talkativeness, impairment of motor skills, delayed reaction time, loss of physical coordination, paranoia psychotic symptoms and overeating. I understand that some patients become dependent on marijuana. This means they experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using marijuana. Signs of withdrawal symptoms can include: Feelings of depression, sadness, irritability, insomnia, restlessness, agitation, loss of appetite, trouble concentrating, sleep disturbances and unusual tiredness. I understand that chronic use of medical marijuana can lead to laryngitis, bronchitis and general apathy. I understand that although marijuana does not produce a specific psychosis, the possibilities exists that is may exacerbate schizophrenia in persons predisposed to that disorder. I agree to tell the attending physician if I have ever had symptoms of depression, been psychotic, attempted suicide or had any other mental problems. I also agree to tell the attending physician if I have ever been prescribed or taken medicine for any of the conditions stated above. Furthermore, I understand that the attending physiciandoes not suggest nor condone that I cease treatment and or medication that stabilize my mental or physical condition. I understand there are few known interactions between marijuana and medications other than herbs. However, very few interactions between herbs and medications have been studied. I agree to tell my attending physician if I am using any herbs, supplements or other medications. I am aware that a Notice of Compliance has not been issued under the Food and Drug Regulations concerning the safety and effectiveness of Marijuana as a drug. I understand the significance of this fact. I am aware that medical marijuana has not been approved under Federal Regulations and I understand that medical marijuana has not been deemed legal under federal law. I understand some users might develop a tolerance to marijuana. This means higher and higher doses are required to achieve the same benefit. It is recommended for patients to have an intermission with the drug for at least 3 weeks every 3-4 months. If I think I may be developing a tolerance to marijuana, I will notify the attending physician. I understand the benefits and risks associated with the use of marijuana are not fully understood and that the use of marijuana may involve risks that have not been identified. I accept such risk. I understand should respiratory problems or other ill effects be experienced in association with the use of medical marijuana, I agree to discontinue its use and report any such problems or effects to the attending physician. Although smoking marijuana has not been linked to lung cancer, smoking marijuana can cause respiratory harm, such as bronchitis. Many researchers agree that marijuana smoke contains known carcinogens (chemicals that can cause cancer) and that smoking marijuana may increase the risk of respiratory diseases and cancers in the lungs, mouth and tongue. I have been advised that medical marijuana smoke contain chemicals known as tars that may be harmful to my health. I understand that there are many methods of intake that substantially reduce the harmful effects of smoking such as vaporizers, edibles, drops, etc. I understand Marijuana varies in potency. The effects of marijuana can also vary with the delivery system. Estimating the proper marijuana dosage is very important. Symptoms of marijuana overdose include, but are not limited to nausea, vomiting, hacking cough, disturbances to heart rhythms, numbness in the limbs, anxiety attacks and incapacitation. If I start taking medical marijuana, I agree to tell my attending physician if I: Start to feel sad or have crying spells, lose interest in my normal activities, have changes in my normal sleeping patterns, become more irritable than usual, lose my appetite, become unusually tired, withdraw from family and friends, or any other side effect that is not to your liking. I agree that if I am a female patient that I will contact my attending physician if I become or are thinking about becoming pregnant. I acknowledge that the use of medical marijuana creates pass-through problems to a fetus during pregnancy and to a baby during breastfeeding. I understand that using marijuana while under the influence of alcohol is not recommended. Additional side effects may become present when using both alcohol and marijuana. I should not be driving a vehicle while using marijuana and that I can get a DUI for driving under the influence. Medical marijuana is not regulated by the USFDA and therefore may contain unknown quantities of active ingredients, impurities and or contaminants. I am not permitted to smoke within 1,000 feet of any daycare or school. If I reside near those institutions, I must use my medicine within the privacy of my own home. I agree to follow up with the attending physician with supporting medical records pertaining to my medical conditions. I also acknowledge that the attending physician, staff and or representatives of MD Regeneration will NOT be providing or discussing information regarding dispensary, co-op, delivery service or any other way to obtain marijuana. Representatives of MD Regeneration are addressing specific aspects of my medical care and, unless otherwise stated, are in no way establishing themselves as my primary care physician/provider. Furthermore, the undersigned, my heirs, assigns, or anyone else acting on behalf, hold the physician and his/her principals, agents and employees, free of and harmless from any responsibility for any harm resulting to me and/or other individuals as a result of my medical marijuana use.